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"Emmons makes a strong debut with the story of Bethany Wylie, whose coming-of-age is rocked by revelations that could up-end her family. Bethany cherishes summers spent in West Virginia's Coal River Valley with her cousin Reana Mae, who is closer to her than her real sisters. Her childhood is innocent, despite the alcoholism, violence, and secrets swirling just out of her grasp, but as she grows up, she becomes more attuned to the cracks in her family's idyllic facade. Reana Mae, meanwhile, grows up faster than Bethany could imagine, and the dark secrets of their family's past, once revealed, could rip them apart. Emmons has a rich voice that pairs well with the earthy setting, and she handles Bethany's education with an easy hand. Though the plot could use some shaking up--its reliance on stereotypically unsavory redneck doings is the book's biggest flaw--the characters are wonderfully drawn and reason enough to stick with it. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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McGuffy Ann, March 11, 2011 (view all comments by McGuffy Ann)
Prayers and Lies
by Sherri Wood Emmons



This is a very appropriate, thought-provoking title for this book. Sherri Wood Emmons is a new voice in fiction, and one well-worth listening to.

Most families are held together with ties that bind, and often are prayers and lies. Such is the family of this narrator, Bethany and her cousin Reana Mae.

Every summer, Bethany’s family goes home to the Coal River Valley of West Virginia. She and her cousin Reana Mae, both “misfits” develop a “sisterhood”. As they grow through adolescence, the shocking realities of family secrets, lies, and “bad blood” brings them closer, yet threatens to tear the entire family apart.

Bethany’s own sheltered life “up north” eventually becomes jeopardized by Reana Mae’s everyday life and the devastating horror of it, down in Coal River.

The sister-cousins cling to each other through it all, as they learn about life, the different kinds of love, family, and their rightful place in the world.

This is an excellent book from an excellent new author.
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ISBN:
9780758253248
Author:
Emmons, Sherri
Publisher:
Kensington Publishing Corporation
Author:
Wood Emmons, Sherri
Author:
Emmons, Sherri Wood
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature-Coming of Age
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.34 x 5.78 in 0.61 lb
Age Level:
Literature-Coming of Age

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Emmons makes a strong debut with the story of Bethany Wylie, whose coming-of-age is rocked by revelations that could up-end her family. Bethany cherishes summers spent in West Virginia's Coal River Valley with her cousin Reana Mae, who is closer to her than her real sisters. Her childhood is innocent, despite the alcoholism, violence, and secrets swirling just out of her grasp, but as she grows up, she becomes more attuned to the cracks in her family's idyllic facade. Reana Mae, meanwhile, grows up faster than Bethany could imagine, and the dark secrets of their family's past, once revealed, could rip them apart. Emmons has a rich voice that pairs well with the earthy setting, and she handles Bethany's education with an easy hand. Though the plot could use some shaking up--its reliance on stereotypically unsavory redneck doings is the book's biggest flaw--the characters are wonderfully drawn and reason enough to stick with it. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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